Canto General, 50th Anniversary Edition

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University of California Press, 2000 - Poetry - 407 pages
Fiftieth Anniversary Edition

Neruda was a kind of King Midas. Everything he touched turned to poetry, says Gabriel Garc a M rquez, who also considers the Chilean Nobel laureate "the greatest poet of the twentieth century, in any language." [The Fragrance of Guava, 1983]. The Canto General, thought by many of Neruda's most prominent critics to be the poet's masterpiece, is the stunning epic of an entire continent and its people. The Canto speaks of the destiny of Latin American peoples and the life of the poet himself. Without question, this is one of the most important and powerful long poems written in the modern period.

 

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Canto General written by the noted South American poet Pablo Neruda has captured the serene beauty of the continent in words. It ,in one way ,depicts how man tamed nature to suit his needs in the form of a poem.Had it been in any other way of expression, it would have lacked in its beauty.The poet mourns for the lost beauty of nature.Each word holds a different meaning when read again.
Pablo Neruda has given us a glimpse of colonization of South America.
 

Contents

A LAMP ON EARTH
13
Amazon
20
THE HEIGHTS OF MACCHU PICCHU
29
THE CONQUISTADORS
43
The Discoverers Appear
66
Memorial to the Old Discoverer
67
He Reaches the Pacific
68
THE LIBERATORS
71
The People
300
The Letter
301
THE RIVERS OF SONG
303
To Rafael Alberti Puerto Santa Maria Spain
307
To Gonzalez Carbalho in Rio de la Plata
312
To Silvestre Revueltas from Mexico on His Death Oratorio Minor
314
To Miguel Hernandez Murdered in the Prisons of Spain
316
NEW YEARS CHORALE FOR THE COUNTRY IN DARKNESS
319

Cuauhtemoc 1520
73
Brother Bartolome de Las Casas
74
Advancing in the Lands of Chile
77
The Men Rise Up
78
Chief Caupolican
79
The Civil War
80
Impaled
81
Lautaro 1550
82
Lautaro Among the Invaders
83
Pedro de Valdivias Heart
85
The Protracted War
86
Interlude The Colony Covers Our Lands 1
88
The Haciendas 2
89
The New Proprietors 3
90
Commoners from Socorro 1781
91
Tupac Amaru 1781
92
Insurgent America 1800
93
Bernardo OHiggins Riquelme 1810
95
San Martin 1810
97
Mina 1817
99
Miranda Dies in the Fog 1816
101
Jose Miguel Carrera 1810
102
Manuel Rodriguez
108
Sucre
114
Marti 1890
121
Sandino 1926
127
Recabarren 1921
136
Pronounced in Pacaembu
144
THE SAND BETRAYED
149
The Oligarchies
161
The Nitrate Men
187
Gonzalez Videla Chiles Traitor
200
Climates
206
CANTO GENERAL OF CHILE
213
Floods
221
RedBreasted Meadowlark
227
LET THE WOODCUTTER AWAKEN
255
also wend my way
261
But if you arm your hordes North America
266
Let none of this come to pass
269
Peace for the coming twilights
270
THE FUGITIVE
273
It was the grape autumn
275
A young couple opened a door
276
Again another night I went farther
277
Window of the hills Valparaiso
279
It was the dawning of saltpeter on the pampas
280
love Valparaiso everything you enfold
281
Ive ranged the farfamed seas
282
And so from night to night
283
What can you do scoundrel against the air?
284
To all to you
285
American sand solemn
286
THE FLOWERS OF PUNITAQUI
289
Brother Pablo
290
Rider in the Rain 232
291
They Steal Their Land
292
The Flowers of Punitaqui
293
Gold
295
Golds Road
296
The Poet
297
Death in the World
298
Mankind
299
The Men from Pisagua
321
The Heroes
323
Gonzalez Videla
325
Didnt Suffer
326
In These Times
327
They Spoke to Me Before
328
The Liars
329
They Shall Be Named
330
Homeland They Want to Parcel You Out
331
They Receive Orders Against Chile
332
Recall the Sea
333
You Will Struggle
334
Happy Year to My Country in Darkness
335
THE GREAT OCEAN
337
Births
339
The Fish and the Drowned Person
341
The Men and the Islands
342
The Statue Builders Rapa Nui
344
The Rain Rapa Nui
345
The Oceanics
347
Antarctica
348
Children of the Seacoast
349
Death
350
The Wave
351
The Seaports
352
The Ships
354
To a Ships Figurehead Elegy
357
The Man Aboard the Ship
359
The Enigmas
360
Stones of the Seaboard
361
Gongorine Mollusca
363
The Battered Birds
364
Leviathan
366
Phalacrocorax
367
Not Only the Albatross
368
Marine Night
369
AM
373
The Slingman 1919
374
The House
375
Travel Companions 1921
376
The Student 1923
377
The Traveler 1927
378
Far from Here
379
The Plaster Masks
380
The War 1936
381
Love
382
Mexico 1940
383
On Mexicos Walls 1943
384
The Return 1944
387
The Wood Line
388
Combative Kindness
389
The Steel Gathers 1945
390
Wine
391
Fruits of the Earth
392
Great Happiness
393
Death
394
Life
395
Testament II
396
Dispositions
397
Am Going to Live 1949
398
End Here 1949
399
Notes
401
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About the author (2000)

Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) was born and died in Chile, but as a member of the diplomatic corps and later as a sort of roving cultural ambassador, he lived in and visited many parts of the world. His first book of poetry was published before he was twenty, and Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair, published the following year, made him famous throughout the Spanish-speaking world. Besides the Canto and the Elemental Odes series, the major works of his vast poetic production include Residence on Earth and Estravagario. Jack Schmitt is Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at California State University, Long Beach, and translator of Raul Zurita's Anteparadise (California, 1986). Reviewing Zurita's Anteparadise, critic W. S. Merwin called Schmitt a sensitive, precise, dedicated translator (Los Angeles Times Book Review).Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria is Sterling Professor of Hispanic and Comparative Literatures at Yale University and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of Myth and Archive: A Theory of Latin American Narrative, among many other works.Margaret Sayers Peden is Professor Emerita of Spanish at the University of Missouri, Columbia. The author of Emilio Carballidoand editor of The Latin American Short Story, A Critical History, she has translated more than twenty works of fiction, drama, and poetry.

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